|April 2017 Readings, New Poetry, First Friday, and More!
We've got some great events coming up! Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And help celebrate National Poetry Month with a new book of verse. Drop by and see us on First Friday!
April and May Readings at Annie Blooms:
Journey: The Amazing Story of Or-7, the Oregon Wolf That Made History
Monday, April 3, 7pm
The Oregon author will read from her middle grade book. Join the adventures of the famous wolf OR-7, also known as Journey, as he trots across the landscape of the Pacific Northwest into territories that have not seen his kind for nearly a century. Follow this remarkable animal as he searches for, and finally finds, what he was seeking during his three-year, 4,000-mile trek. Along the way, you'll discover fascinating facts about wolves and meet the humans that had a role in Journey's quest. Enjoy the many photographs, maps, and sketches that help tell the tale of this courageous wolf.
Gary Corbin and Kelly Garrett
Local Mystery Writers
Thursday, April 6, 7pm
Corbin will read from his new novel, The Mountain Man's Bride. In this sequel to The Mountain Man's Dog, rustic forester Lehigh Carter fights to clear first his own name, then that of his fiancée, Stacy McBride, as they are accused of murdering the deputy who once made their lives miserable. Kelly Garrett will read from The Last to Die. Sixteen-year-old Harper Jacobs and her bored friends make a pact to engage in a series of not-quite illegal break-ins. They steal from each other's homes, sharing their keys and alarm codes. Everything is okay, until the bold but aggravating Alex, looking to up the ante, suggests they break into the home of a classmate. One of the group turns up dead, and Harper comes face-to-face with the moral dilemma that will make or break her--and, if she makes the wrong choice, will get her killed.
Concepcion and the Baby Brokers
Tuesday, April 11, 7pm
In nine interconnected stories set largely in Guatemala, Concepcion and the Baby Brokers brings to life characters struggling with familiar emotions and dilemmas in a place unfamiliar to most Americans. From the close-knit community of Todos Santos to the teeming dangerous capital city, to a meat-packing plant in Michigan and the gardens of Washington DC, Deborah Clearman shows us the human cost of international adoption, drug trafficking, and immigration. With searing humanity, Clearman exposes the consequences of American exceptionalism, and the daily magic and peril that inform and shape ordinary lives.
Wednesday, April 12, 7pm
Oregon author Paul Dage will read from the sequel to Trout Kill. Eddy Trout, part-time bartender and pot-grower, has a troubled heart. He's left his wife and buried his father in a gone-to-seed garden, and now he's running hard toward what he hopes is a new, brighter tomorrow. His sister, Em, has disappeared, and he's got to find and "save" her. She turns up where they both swore they'd never return--Oak Creek, the small Oregon logging town of their childhood, where dark memories threaten ... and may possibly free them.
Tuesday, April 18, 7pm
Portland author DeFreitas will read from her novel Hot Season. In the tinder-dry Southwest, three roommates--students at Deep Canyon College, known for its radical politics--are looking for love, adventure, and the promise of a bigger life that led them West. But when the FBI comes to town in pursuit of an alum wanted for "politically motivated crimes of property," rumor has it that undercover agents are enrolled in classes, making the college dating scene just a bit more sketchy than usual. Katie, an incoming freshman, will discover a passion for activism that will put her future in jeopardy; Jenna, in her second semester, will find herself seduced by deception; and Rell, a senior, will discover her voice, her calling, and love where she least expects it.
Ruth Tenzer Feldman and Amber Keyser
Young Adult Authors
Thursday, April 20, 7pm
In Portland author Feldman's Seven Stitches, it's been a year since the Big One devastated Portland. Meryem continues to search for her mother even as she learns to live without her. After she receives a magical prayer shawl handed down from her maternal grandmother, a mysterious stranger appears, and Meryem is called to save a young girl living in slavery--in sixteenth-century Istanbul. In Keyser's Pointe, Claw, childhood friends Dawn and Jessie are both running out of time. Jessie has one shot at her ballet dream. Dawn's blackouts are getting worse. At every turn, they crash into the many ways girls are watched, judged, used, and discarded. Should they play it safe or go feral? The answer lies in the forest with a bear in a cage.
Ruth Wariner and Anna LeBaron
Escaping Cults, Publishing Memoirs
Tuesday, April 25, 7pm
Annie Bloom's welcomes cousins Ruth Wariner and Anna Lebaron to read from their memoirs about escaping the polygamist cults in which they were raised. In 1972, Ervil LeBaron (infamously nicknamed the "Mormon Manson") had his brother Joel LeBaron killed in a bid to take over as prophet of their family's fundamentalist church. The two men both practiced polygamy and fathered almost 100 children in total. Now, 45 years later, two of their (many) daughters have written about their experiences. Wariner details her experience in The Sound of Gravel and LeBaron in The Polygamist's Daughter. Thanks to their books, the authors reconnected and began a major family healing process.
Wednesday, April 26, 7pm
Portland writer Amy Minato will read from her new poetry collection, Hermit Thrush. "Cinematic, sensual, timeless, immediate. Amy Minato's poetry echoes vignettes from the wilds of nature and the deep well of the human heart. Poised to forge the alchemy between human nature and the natural world, Hermit Thrush is more than a book of poems, it is a rare elixir of connection in a thirsty world." -Kate Power
Thursday, May 4, 7pm
Local author Wendt will read from his novel. It's 1976 and the United States is home to The Giganticos, a football super squad led by the one and only Pearl of Brazil, and more or less the only reason AASSA (American All-Star Soccer Association) exists. Enter Danny Hooper, a third-division English footballer from East Southwhich Albion, whose thuggish reputation limits him to playing the role of enforcer. After Danny takes his frustrations out on an unfortunate opponent's tibia, he finds himself sold to the Rose City Revolution of Portland. But there is more to the trade than a shocked Danny could ever imagine: turns out, he's going to America not just to introduce soccer to its skeptical masses, but to help foil a communist plot.
Tuesday, May 9, 7pm
Andreas will read from his memoir. Carol Andreas was a traditional 1950s housewife from a small Mennonite town in central Kansas who became a radical feminist and Marxist revolutionary. From the late sixties to the early eighties, she went through multiple husbands and countless lovers while living in three states and five countries. She took her youngest son, Peter, with her wherever she went, even kidnapping him and running off to South America after his straitlaced father won a long and bitter custody fight. This is an extraordinary account of a deep mother-son bond and the joy and toll of growing up with a radical mother in a radical age.
Ivy Get Your Gun
Wednesday, May 17, 7pm
"The Vault" at O'Connor's Restaurant
In Portland author Cindy Brown's fourth Ivy Meadows novel, there's a new sheriff in town--and she can sing! When Gold Bug Gulch's actor-gunslinger Mongo winds up shot for real, actress and part-time PI Ivy Meadows goes undercover as the ingénue in the tourist town's melodrama. Unfortunately, she's distracted by a pack of marauding Chihuahuas, a problematic love life, auditions for Annie Get Your Gun, and a personal mission: to show people the real Annie Oakley. What's more, the no-good, yellow-bellied varmint who killed Mongo isn't finished with the Gulch--or with Ivy. Will our heroine prove she CAN get a man with a gun--before the killer gets her?
Independent Bookstore Day
| Saturday, April 29, 2017
marks the third annual Independent Bookstore Day
. Annie Bloom's will be celebrating all day
long with fun activities for kids and adults. Annie Bloom's will also be selling unique items created exclusively for IBD. More details to come
April Indie Next List
|Every month, the coalition of independent bookstores puts together a list of titles recommended by booksellers across the country. Come in to browse the titles below, along with other great new bookseller picks for April.
The Women in the Castle
by Jessica Shattuck
"Three war widows and their children help each other survive at the end of World War II in this engaging novel filled with rich period details. Their husbands died as members of the resistance, but aside from that common thread, Marianne, Benita, and Ania bring very different backgrounds to their makeshift home in the castle's kitchen. They also face repercussions from past choices and current secrets. Jessica Shattuck brings us into their world and shows us that the rules for love and loyalty are different in wartime." -Dawn Rennert, The Concord Bookshop, Concord, MA
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
by Hannah Tinti
"Hannah Tinti has accomplished something rare in The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: she has written a book too exciting to put down, but too well written to race through or, heaven forbid, skim. Her novel, however, is more than just a treat for those of us who love literary thrillers; it is also a provocative exploration of violence and the extremes to which men and women will go to defend those they love. Because Tinti is so good at what she does, it is virtually impossible for us, her readers, not to become complicit in the mayhem and to be left wondering, in the end, what we would do in her characters' places." -Ezra Goldstein, Community Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy
by Anne Lamott
"Hallelujah Anyway completely consumed me. The world has changed so much in the last year and it seems overwhelming at times. Lamott's new book is the answer to that despair, hopelessness, and futility. It's exactly what the title says--mercy through difficult times, kindness when it's not deserved, and singing hallelujah anyway. Lamott writes with such refreshing honesty. This book is now what I like to refer to as 'well-loved'--underlined, dog-eared, and slightly worn. I suspect I'll revisit my favorite passages for years to come." -Kristin Beverly, Half Price Books, Dallas, TX
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See
"This captivating story is set in a remote Yunnan village where, for many years, the Akha people have followed the rituals and cycles of harvesting tea leaves. Slowly, the changes going on in the rest of China begin to reach the area. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls in the village, acts as translator for a stranger seeking a rare tea from Yunnan. When Li-yan gives birth to a baby out of wedlock, she wraps her baby in a blanket along with a package of the rare tea and leaves her in a city where she will be taken to an orphanage. Over the years, mother and daughter dream of finding one another again. Brew yourself a cup of tea and settle down to read this tale of family and the search for answers in different places and cultures." -Elizabeth Merritt, Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA
by Omar El Akkad
"Omar El Akkad has delivered a stunning debut. He imagines a world in a not-too-distant future where Americans are at war with each other once again. The characters in this story are fully developed and individual, yet their histories--their stories--extend into the histories of all those displaced and affected by the forces of war. The title, American War, is a shape-shifter. At once, it means that America is again at war, but at times reflects the ways in which the true, actual wars that America has perpetrated on Earth have affected the lives of millions of people. This will be one of the most discussed books of the year, and I cannot wait to put it in the hands of all readers looking to be changed." -Matt Keliher, SubText Books, St. Paul, MN
Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube
by Blair Braverman
Recommended in hardcover by Katie McGrath, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel
by Dominic Smith
Recommended in hardcover by Heather Duncan, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO
New in Poetry
Celebrate national Poetry Month with these and other fine books of verse:
Wait Till I'm Dead: Uncollected Poems
by Allen Ginsberg
Tracing the chronology of his life, Wait Till I'm Dead follows Ginsberg from his high school days and earliest political satire to his activism, spiritual maturation, and on-the-road experiences worldwide. The collection concludes with his personal thoughts on mortality as he watched his friends, and himself, grow old. The selection also features several of Ginsberg's collaborative poems, works coauthored by Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Gary Snyder, and Kenneth Koch, providing an inside view of famed Beat poets and their relationships. Containing 104 previously uncollected poems and accompanied by original photographs and extensive notes, Wait Till I m Dead is the final major contribution to Ginsberg's sprawling oeuvre, a must-read for Ginsberg neophytes and longtime fans alike.
by Jane Hirshfield
This collection opens with a series of dappled, ranging "My" poems--"My Skeleton," "My Corkboard," "My Species," "My Weather"--in which Hirshfield uses materials both familiar and unexpected to explore the magnitude, singularity, and permeability of our shared existence. Of her memory, she writes, "Like the small soaps and shampoos / a traveler brings home / then won't use, / you, memory, / almost weightless / this morning inside me." Hirshfield cuts, as always, directly to the heart of human experience. Her robust affirmation of choice even amid inevitability and her contemplation of our moral, societal, and biological intertwinings sustain poems that tune and retune the keys of a life. For Hirshfield, "Zero Plus Anything Is a World." Her recipes for that world ("add salt to hunger," "add time to trees") offer an altered understanding of our lives' losses and additions, and of the small and larger beauties we so often miss.
Poems in the Manner Of
by David Lehman
Lehman has been writing "poems in the manner of" for years, in homage to the poems and people that have left an impression, experimenting with styles and voices that have lingered in his mind. Finally, he has gathered these pieces, creating a striking book of poems that channels poets from Walt Whitman to Sylvia Plath and also calls upon jazz standards, Freudian questionnaires, and astrological profiles for inspiration. Poems in the Manner Of shows how much life there is in poets of the past. And like Edward Hirsch's How to Read a Poem and Robert Pinsky's Singing School, this book gives you more than poetry. Whether you're reading for pure enjoyment or examining how a poet can use references and influences in their own work, Poems in the Manner Of is a treasure trove of literary pleasures and food for thought.
Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings
by Joy Harjo
In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from the bend in the Tallapoosa River to a place near the Arkansas River. Stomp dance songs, blues, and jazz ballads echo throughout. Lost ancestors are recalled. Resilient songs are born, even as they grieve the loss of their country. Called a "magician and a master" (San Francisco Chronicle), Joy Harjo is at the top of her form in Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings.